On the Road Recipes Southland

Bluff Oysters, Deep Fried in Pitch Stout Beer, Garnished with Lemon Drizzle and Herbs!

Our third episode from our On the Road Recipes series explores the natural wonders of Southland, working with Transport World's Grille Café, Head Chef Anton and Venture Southland!

About the Chef: Anton

Serving delicious food is a big part of the experience at Transport World. The Grille is an Invercargill cafe that strives to include the very best of New Zealand and Southland cuisine. Head Chef, Anton, works closely alongside owner, Mat Jackson, to provide excellent service and an ever changing local menu within an automotive and retro themed interior.

The Grille Café and Transport World

The Grille is a popular Invercargill cafe at the Bill Richardson Transport World, the largest private automotive museum of its type in the world. With plenty of space, quirky features and a great atmosphere, The Grille won't disappoint. The Café offers a versatile space that is family friendly, great for groups and perfect for an intimate lunch. Enjoy great local cuisine, check out hundreds of motor vehicles, a wearable arts collection, movie theatres, children’s play zones and more! 

You can make the most of your time in Southland by booking a motorhome with Mighway, making your way to Transport World and exploring the greater region!

About this Recipe:

In this third episode, Anton showcases fresh Bluff oysters, deep fried in Pitch Stout Beer of the South. Southland's legendary Bluff oysters are renowned as the finest in the world sourced from the only wild oyster fishery remaining in the world. Bluff oysters are grown slowly in the cold clean waters of the Foveaux Strait, between New Zealand’s South and Stewart Island

This simple recipe is great for sharing once when you've reached your destination and you're ready to unwind! They pair perfectly with a glass of bubbles or a local beer.  Please note, Bluff oysters can be sourced directly from the 4Square Supermarket in Gore Street, Fowlers Oysters – on the left as you approach Bluff on State Highway 1,  or at a local supermarket or fishery in the region. 


Serves 2

1 Cup Wild Bluff Oysters

1 Bottle Pitch Stout Beer

¾ Cup Flour

Salt & Pepper

Vegetable Oil for Frying

¼ Lemon

Herbs to Garnish


Step 1

For shelled oysters, place the oyster, rounded side down, on a towel. Fold the towel over and use your non–knife hand to keep the oyster stable.

With your oyster knife, feel around the narrow end for the slot between the shells. Once your knife tip is in, feel around and twist to pop the hinge.

Before you open it entirely, slide the knife along the top flat shell to cut the muscle. Open the shell (keeping the juices in the bottom round part), cut the muscle under the oyster and you are ready for action!

Step 2

Heat oil until rippling. You want enough oil to come up about 1/2″- 3/4″ up the pot.



Whisk enough beer into the flour to wet thoroughly. Then add enough, still whisking, to make a loose batter. Whisk in the salt.

Drop a few oysters at a time in the batter, cover thoroughly, then drop in the oil, lowering heat if they crisp too quickly.

Step 3

Remove and drain on a paper towel after about 30 seconds.


Drizzle with lemon and garnish with herbs.



Enjoy the rest of the beer!

Serve with Beer or Bubbles & Enjoy!

For a vegetarian option, try replacing oysters with eggplant, mushrooms or any local cheese!

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Rent your own private motorhome direct from owners, and have the freedom to travel where you want, when you want, and even cook what you want!

Make your way to Southland!

Watch our third episode of On the Road Recipes, Southland!

Southland is a popular tourist destination, particularly during the summer, so a winter holiday to the region is the perfect time to get up close and personal with all that this area has to offer. From coastal delights, including abundant wildlife and tasty seafood, to natural wonder inland, ideal for hiking and exploration, you’ll want to book more than a few nights in this idyllic natural wonderland.

The Southland climate is seasonal, with warm summers and chilly winters. The area does receive its fair share of rainfall, so come prepared with the essentials for braving the elements. Hire a campervan with Mighway, and let the journey unfold!!

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